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LeapFrog Reviews

Updated July 6, 2017
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  • lack of vision at times from senior management (in 24 reviews)

  • upper management not involved below their level (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "It was once great but"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Sobrante, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Sobrante, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. No micromanaging. People are great. Benefits and pay are great.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Low morale

    Advice to Management

    When times are tough, try and boost employee morale. It's worse when there are so many closed doors.


  2. Helpful (18)

    "Management drove this great company into the ground"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The middle managers are the best. There were so many wonderful people at LeapFrog who kept things running for years, while the executives rotated in and out. People made lasting friendships at LeapFrog and so many people really cared about the mission and the products.

    Cons

    The current management team is terrible. And it's pathetic and sad what they've done to this wonderful company. They came in and rode the LeapPad wave, which was set in motion before they came. They had nothing to do with it, though they love to take credit for it. The CEO, CMO, and CFO are all friends from years of working together and have no idea what they're doing. They continue to pay themselves fat salaries, while laying everyone off. And what's worse is they have no strategy and never have. This isn't surprising as they are not capable of creating a strategy. The Board should have fired them all ages ago. Except they're all friends, too.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Get out. Do the right thing. You've ruined the livelihood of so many people who loved their jobs and needed their jobs, while you continue to pay yourselves your huge salaries.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good people being led by people bad at what they do"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Folks below upper management are great, company mission is not evil, product ideas are mostly good

    Cons

    Upper management stinks, product schedules are evil, product execution is mostly bad

    Advice to Management

    Get either a clue or a CTO if your company depends on products that require research and development of technologies never-before implemented by LeapFrog


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sad to see Great Brand losing ground"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Brand and Team collaboration

    Cons

    Poor strategic vision and execution

    Advice to Management

    listen to your managers not those telling you what you want to hear


  5. Helpful (8)

    "A once proud company in shambles."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Talented and friendly coworkers who believe in the mission and are incredibly passionate about quality. A long history of great products and a respected brand that has educated and entertained children for decades. The worker bees truly care about the end user.

    Cons

    Morale cannot get any lower. The leadership team is either completely incompetent or is purposely sinking the company so that they can cash out and retire. Marketing has run the company for many years with no creative or technical counter weight to balance them out. Ridiculous production schedules and a copy cat mentality ensure that this company is always a few years behind the latest hot trend. An abundance of out of touch cooks running the kitchen means that decisions get made as slowly and stupidly as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Have some accountability and fire the CEO, CMO, CFO and head of sales. Allow talented people with technical or creative backgrounds to have a voice. Stop letting out of touch marketing toy people run the company straight into the ground. Stop making crappy confusing commercials that don't communicate the product strengths and LOWER YOUR PRICES. Consumers are savvy and broke so stop trying to sell them magic beans that cost more than a 4 course meal.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic mission, misguided leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LeapFrog (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great - talented, dedicated, passionate: Simply great co-workers on whom you can rely on and from whom you can learn much. Loved working with every single one of them. The company mission: "Helping children to reach their full potential" is very valid and something that I was proud to work for.

    The work-life balance was really nice, benefits good and middle management admirably solid.

    Cons

    However, the executive leadership leaves a lot to be desired and it seems that they had no strategy and no good idea how they wanted to take the company to 21st century. They seemed to be stuck in really backwards patterns and did not ever take their blinders off... Such a shame - the company with such a potential was pretty much driven to the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the 21st century - don't try to compete where it's impossible (tablets) but bring the products that are already excellent (reading platforms, educational toys) to perfection and innovate!


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Napa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, fun place to work. Ability to balance family and work is easy at LF. The staff is young, creative and hard-working

    Cons

    Management doesn't know that to do with the company. Has no direction and continually makes poor decisions.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late now but the CEO should've stepped down a few months ago. Hope a good company buys it?

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to start your career, bad place to stay"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LeapFrog full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The mission is great: what can be better than helping kids learn through fun?

    - Incredibly talented co-workers that are very friendly and always willing to explain things.

    - Lots of opportunity for ownership and wearing many different hats.

    - You will learn a lot in this job.

    - Career opportunities after working here are pretty good.

    Cons

    - Horrible work-life balance as engineers, working 7 days a week is often typical for half the year.

    - Terrible pay compared to other places in the bay-aream and a large percentage of your salary is tied up in bonuses. Bonus compensation is not guaranteed each year and is tied to the company's goals. Meaning, even if you work incredibly hard and do your job exceptionally well, you will not be given your bonus unless the company as a whole meets their goals.

    - Pretty much, zero perks. No free food, no gym membership, and very few company events.

    - Senior management is a complete mess and there's a lot of politics amongst them that hinders great work from being done.

    - Senior management is more focused on getting money than making something great. As a result, many of the products are far less innovative than what the teams are capable of delivering. Rehashes of old products or cheap knock-offs of existing products are often the tasks at hand.

    - Engineering lacks any senior leadership, and as a result has no voice in terms of executive decision. Instead you're treated more like an expendable resource rather than a valued contributor. As a result of this, many engineers have jumped ship in recent years.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "From "I can" to "I didn't""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most people here love what they do and are passionate about bringing educational toys and games to support children's growth and development.

    Cons

    The past year has worn passionate people down, driving morale lower than I thought it could ever go. Most are holding on to their jobs for dear life or are using every opportunity to get out. There are clear political and hierarchical relationships that allow certain people to move up and others at bay. No room for growth, unless of course you happen to be part of the club. Unlike it's mission statement, LeapFrog does not want every employee to "reach their full potential."

    Advice to Management

    Trust and listen to your teams. Don't pay contractors and outside agencies to provide you with expensive, outdated ideas.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great People - Poor Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LeapFrog full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of talented people really trying to make terrific fun and educational products for children

    Cons

    Virtually no leadership and a Board of Directors who obviously don't care about the brand or they would have asked for CEO and CMO resignations over a year ago.

    Advice to Management

    Shame on the top execs who should have stepped down a year ago. Stop thinking about yourselves and do the right thing by your employees and the great company brand before you run it into the ground.


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